To Our Great Heroes

To our great heroes:

There are no words to express how grateful we are for our freedom. Each day we are able to control our destiny and make our own choices because someone else paid a heavy price. Thank you does not begin to express our gratitude, love and appreciation for you, and what you have done for each of us. You made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from threats that we didn’t always know existed.

Blessings upon you and your families... My heart goes out to them. Your bravery will be remembered. This is the land of the free because of the brave and we will never forget you, or what you have done for us.

With great appreciation,

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Thank you Patuxent Elementary School!

I wanted to say a special "thank you" to Principal Glenda Washington, Ms. Garcia, Ms. Hazel and the 5th Grade Class of Patuxent Elementary School (Upper Marlboro, MD) for allowing me to visit last week on Career Day. I had a wonderful time speaking with you all. The students were inquisitive, polite, and asked great questions. When I asked what they wanted to be in life, I received an assortment of answers. The students have big dreams and I can’t want to see what you all chose to become in life.

Students, always remember that your teachers want you to go far. They work everyday to teach you some of the skills that you will need to do well.

Best wishes for a bright future!
Barbara Erby-Young

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A Simple Thank You is Not Enough

I'm keeping this week's article short. Not because I don't have much to say, far from it. Most of you know me pretty well and know that I am rarely at a loss for words. I would just rather you spend the time doing something a little different this week.

As we get ready for Memorial day, I am excited and looking forward to our yearly cookouts and the official kick off to summer. However, I feel it important to pause and to remember the lives of that holiday was meant to celebrate - the men and women of our military who have given their lives in service to our country. Regardless of the political affiliation or climate, these men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

So instead of keeping you glued to your computer/phone screen, please take some time to remember and honor our fallen.

Best wishes,

Barbara Erby, MS

Education & Behavioral Consultant

Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC

Barbara Erby is an Education & Behavioral Consultant with Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC. Barbara received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bowie State University in 1999 and a Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Educational Psychology and an emphasis in Developmental Psychology from Capella University in 2004. Ms. Erby has worked with a variety of students in the school, home, and community environments as a Direct Care Worker, Family Trainer, and an Education & Behavioral Consultant.

A Special Message

Hello everyone!

We wanted to pause for a moment to say thank you for your continued support. We have come a long way since 2007 and we know that we wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for each of you. We all value the love and attention that you have given to BDS in the last few years and hope that you will continue to help us make a difference. We just wanted to say, “Thank you!”